Flannery Plant Hire celebrates 50 year anniversary

Flannery Plant Hire celebrates 50 year anniversary

Flannery Plant Hire sets out how they’ll celebrate their latest milestone, and explains what lies ahead for the company.

Flannery Plant Hire has come a long way since June 1972, when Patrick Flannery Snr rented out his first JCB 3C Excavator. We now have almost 5,000 units for hire and partner with world-leading manufacturers including Cat, Komatsu, JCB, Volvo, Bomag and Wacker Neuson.

In contrast to those humble beginnings our clients now use our machines on the most prominent national infrastructure construction projects, including (but in no way limited to) the entire HS2 programme, Thames Water, Crossrail and National Highways.

What we’re most proud of is that we’re still, at our core, a family business with strong values at its heart.

That’s what has made us resilient, and will stand us in good stead for the next 50 years. Without doubt, what has kept us relevant over the years is our firm belief in and commitment to:

  • People  
  • Safety  
  • Innovation and Sustainability  
  • Value  

People stand at the centre of the Flannery proposition, providing excellence in service, plant standards and safety. By listening to our clients’ specific requirements, keeping abreast of the latest legislation and maintaining a relentless level of investment, we truly have an unrivalled record of delivering quality and value.

As our respected manufacturers continue to develop technology, Flannery continues to innovate. Specifically with Digital Machine Solutions, we’re finding ways to turn data into meaningful analysis and allowing customers to make hire decisions that deliver the most effective and reliable solutions.  

We’ve got so much to celebrate

… and we intend to take every opportunity this year to do just that. We have numerous events planned, from a big party to say thank you to all our staff, to a more formal event for our partners in the construction industry.

We also want to take this year as an opportunity to focus on how we can be constructive about the future.​

Over the last 15 years our frequent partnerships and collaborations with leading construction companies have seen us develop our Digital Machine Solutions offering in line with the demands of the industry we serve, and we now have unrivalled expertise in the field. 

Educating the industry so that the benefits of digital machine control can be made a reality on every construction site is a now a core part of our business. We’ve consistently trained and upskilled our team of operators to ensure competency, and our training team can provide training modules both on-machine and using plant simulators.

In addition, we have a Digital Construction Training School at our Birmingham depot. This state-of-the-art facility includes a number of simulators configured with machine guidance and digital control technology, and a field-based training area that holds a fleet of machine guidance and digital control connected machinery.

We’re not intending to rest on our laurels 

The construction industry is changing rapidly, increasingly focusing on sustainability, carbon reduction, safety and productivity. Each year we will continue our high levels of investment in developing our services and plant to meet their needs. This year alone we have devoted more than £120 million to our renewal and growth strategies and we intend to increase this amount year on year for the foreseeable future.

Who among us really knows what life will look like in 50 years’ time? But if there is still a need for plant hire machinery and technology, we want to be there… right at the forefront.

Looking forward, giving back - The Flannery Fundraising Initiative
Our 50th year celebrations compound the importance to us of having strong values. ​

What better way than giving back to the community to make those values a reality?

From offering rainbow diggers for Pride events and spotty ones for BBC Children in Need projects, to sponsoring individuals looking for financial support, we have always been committed to helping where we can.

We plan to make more of our community focus in our 50th year by creating a dedicated Flannery Fundraising Initiative committee whose sole purpose will be distributing a fund of money and seeking volunteers to help causes across the UK.

We’re excited to find out exactly what this team will be able to achieve and see the creative ways they’ll use their budget!

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